It’s a party this weekend in Evansville. Whether you’re enjoying wine on the Reitz Home Museum lawn or immersing yourself in German heritage at New Harmony, Indiana’s Kunstfest, throw up your hands at these events throughout the River City this weekend.
Wine Down to the Weekend
5-7 p.m. Sept. 15
Reitz Home Museum lawn, 112 Chestnut St.
Taking place at the Reitz Home Museum, this event features live music by Gina Moore, Bob Green, and Monte Skelton. All ages are welcome. Admission is free, but only those age 21 and older can enjoy the wine and beer garden.
Super Mutts Adoption Event
Vanderburgh Humane Society, 400 Millner Industrial Drive
The Vanderburgh Humane Society battles pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering, pet adoption, and humane education. This event offers pet adoptions at the discounted rate of $20 for all first responders: police officers, firefighters, EMTs, military, and dispatch personnel. Adoption hours have been extended on Sept. 16 until 8 p.m.
Ukrainian Harvest Fest
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 17
Washington Plaza, 4600 Washington Ave.
Organized by Grace of Christ Church, the Ukrainian Harvest Fest celebrates the church’s initiatives to provide food to the people of Ukraine over the last six months. Guests to the fest can expect Ukrainian food and homemade desserts, family activities, inflatables and kids’ craft shop, and souvenirs.
Downtown New Harmony, Indiana
Come for the art, stay for the traditional German festival food like kraut balls and kuchen. New Harmony’s two-day festival displays the work of regional artists and celebrates the area’s German heritage.
Paws for Food
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 17
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Stringtown branch, 2100 Stringtown Road
Looking for an opportunity to snuggle with adoptable animals? It Takes a Village No-Kill Shelter has an adoption event for everyone to enjoy. Besides pets, there will also be face painting by Face Craze, along with food and treats from Bruce Li Food Truck and Sassy Sweet Confections.
Ferdinand Folk Festival
Noon, Sept. 17
18th Street Park, Ferdinand, Indiana
Spend a day together at this free, family-friendly event full of live music, art, and environmental/wellness education. There will be booths on sustaining the environment plus plenty of fun children’s activities like yoga for kids, a dog and clown show, storytelling, and concerts.
Forefront Therapy’s 5K and Block Party
2-11 p.m. Sept. 17
201 S.E. Fourth St., Ste. 150
Every race should come with a block party, right? The 5K race starts at 2 p.m., and the block party kicks off at the same time. General admission is $20. Food, drinks, live music, face painting, and a bubble machine will all be available.
You, Me & A Cup of Tea: An Afternoon at the Orchard
2-4 p.m. Sept. 17
Evansville Countryside Orchard, 16800 Old Petersburgh Road
Spend a leisurely Saturday meandering through the orchard and picking apples at this U-pick event. Plus, there will be tea! Drinks will be served by Mulberry Jean’s and pastries by 2nd Street Bistro & Bakery. Remember to check out the sweet honey from Loughrie’s Honey in Boonville, Indiana. Each ticket includes a $5 voucher toward any purchase. Gina McCalister, owner of Mulberry Jean’s, will share her knowledge and expertise about the tea’s different origins and health benefits. Tickets are $25 per person. This event will be held rain or shine.
SWIRCA & More Brewfest
6-9 p.m. Sept. 17
West Side Library Park, 2000 W. Franklin St.
There will be plenty of games and music at this Oktoberfest-meets-good cause. All proceeds benefit SWIRCA & More, a nonprofit that helps people maintain independence despite disability or aging. Sample craft beer, wines, and liquors, and try delicious food from several area vendors.
Reitz Home Museum Speakeasy
Reitz Home Museum, 112 Chestnut St.
Come dressed in your best 1930s duds and see the Reitz’s Home Museum’s Chestnut Room transformed into a subterranean speakeasy — but only if you can crack the case on how to get there! Explore the mansion to find clues that will gain you entrance to the Chestnut Room. Once inside, taste the evening’s signature cocktail (or mocktail) poured by Mo’s House bartender John Raleigh and nosh on catering by Just Rennie’s. Dance to jazzy tunes by local band After Hours and partake in the event’s silent and live auctions. 1930s attire is encouraged but not required.
Spirits on the Green
4-7 p.m. Sept. 18
Helfrich Golf Course, 1550 Mesker Park Drive
Try your hand at a hole-in-one putting contest or sip on beer, wine, and spirit samples served while live music plays on the green at Helfrich Golf Course. The $25 entry fee comes with unlimited alcohol samples, light appetizers, and a raffle ticket. All proceeds benefit the Evansville Parks Foundation.
10th Annual Golf for Kids’ Sake
11 a.m. Sept. 19
Cambridge Golf Course, 1034 Beacon Hill
Help a child reach their full potential by supporting this fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana. Lunch begins at 11 a.m., and the shotgun start is noon. The cost is $500 per foursome.